The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.
Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018.
Open Enrollment for 2017 health coverage ended January 31, 2017. You can still get 2017 health insurance 2 ways:
If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a life event like losing other coverage, getting married, or having a baby.
If you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You can apply any time.
Are you eligible to use the Marketplace?
To be eligible to enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace, you:
Must live in the United States
Must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present). Learn about eligible immigration statuses.
Can't be incarcerated
If you have Medicare coverage, you’re not eligible to use the Marketplace to buy a health or dental plan. Learn more about Medicare and the Marketplace.
U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens living in a foreign country for at least 330 days of a 12-month period are not required to get health insurance coverage for that 12-month period. If you're uninsured and living abroad under this definition, you qualify for a health insurance exemption. This means you don’t have to pay the fee that other uninsured people must pay.
See question 12 on this IRS web page to learn more about the rules for people living abroad.
Generally, health insurance in the Marketplace covers health care provided by doctors, hospitals, and other providers within the United States. If you're living abroad, it's important to know this before you consider buying Marketplace insurance.
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